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to the wire. we know that call has gone out. harry reid says he has reached out to the president on the phone a couple of times. republicans say there is no single issue that should break this. there is something that democrats are talking about. what we have learned is in an offer presented by republicans last night at 7:00 included within that was a request to make a change to how future increases to the payments of social security would change. not taking any money away presently but over the years to come reducing the amount of increase. that is called chain cpi. for democrats it is a nonstarter. here is majority leader harry reid. >> we're not going to have any social security cuts. at this stage that doesn't seem appropriate. i still hold out hope that we can get something done but i'm not overly optimistic but i am cautiously optimistic. >> so you hear some sense that there might be a potential for movement. i think we have to judge everything in little incremental steps. why do republicans want that? basically their focus is if they are giving on tax increases which we get the indicat
exchanging papers with harry reid and potentially working toward a deal. we're hearing that one of the points of contention here is -- the bush tax cuts are going to have to go away for some people but where will the income flesh mold be set? 250,000, obama's first offer, 400,000 his second offer or 500,000 kelly o'donnell said the senators will go along with. plan be was a million. in terms of your colleagues and the democratic side, what's an acceptable level for you to where the income threshold should be? >> there's a whole spectrum of opinion and most of us feel the right thing for america is for the line to be at 250,000. it leaves only 2% of americans who would be paying more and it does a maximum amount to start impacting if deficit. on the other hand, this is a negotiation. we realize there's going to be some flexibility. the president has already carved out that territory. so the line isn't going to be a rigid line, if you will. >> and the other issue, i guess, is the sequester. if nothing happens on january 1st, we're talking about $1.2 trillion in cuts over the year half defense a
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